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Comment: Re:It makes sense (Score 1) 161

Oh, horseshit ... what's the waiting list for a Harley Davidson?

Uh, none? Maybe you're thinking of HD from 2003 or so. These days their showrooms are full of bikes with some still left over from last year. Want a particular model/color? There's usually 3 dealerships within 50 miles that have it in stock and will discount from MSRP to sell it to you.

Comment: Re:Are the CAs that do this revoked? (Score 2) 133

by Fnord666 (#49332347) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

In the meantime, you can always delete the trust yourself. Open your Browsers Certificate List ("Options, Advanced, Certificates, View Certificates" in Firefox), find CNNIC's certs (there are two in Firefox - "CNNIC ROOT" and "China Internet Network Information Center EV Certificates Root") and either delete them altogether or edit the trust and remove the ability to sign websites.

What happens the next time there's an update to firefox?

Comment: Patent or Patent Application? (Score 1) 126

by Fnord666 (#49325117) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology
Is this an actual patent or just a patent application? TFA doesn't seem to be very clear about that point, although they do say

While Boeing may been granted the patent, it's unclear how long it will be before the company deploys the real-life force fields.

This makes me think that this is just a patent application.

Comment: Re:Prototype (Score 2) 126

by Fnord666 (#49325083) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

I'm pretty sure the plume of molten copper of an RPG couldn't give a crap about a shockwave.

Actually I believe it does. Thats the whole principle behind reactive armor. My understanding is that the detonation of the armor produces a counter shockwave that disrupts the precisely shaped detonation of the warhead and the plume ends up splashing rather than boring through.

Comment: Re:Duh! (Score 1) 269

by Fnord666 (#49275423) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

Absolutely. Contactless is pointless and expensive as fuck for merchants. I can't imagine many businesses where the "neat-o" factor from a few phone enthusiasts to be able to pay with their phones is going to outweigh the costs.

You do realize that newer EMV cards support contactless payments as well, right? No phone needed. You get the convenience of "tap and go" with the added security that EMV provides.

Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 1) 269

by Fnord666 (#49275371) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

I like the looks of Apple Pay, and think it's a great move forward but even as an Apple fan, it seems bizarre for Apple to move forward on their own payment standard rather than the industry creating one. I mean, I know they did it so that they could skim profits off the top, and that they got away with it because they're worth 700 gazillion dollars and could probably make demands of the ocean, but I really wish this had come about via an industry standard.

You don't get to be first to market by waiting for an industry standard. In fact, if you wait for that to happen you probably won't even get into the market. You build it out as fast as you can using as much existing infrastructure as you can, then pivot if and when the industry gets around to creating a standard. In the meantime you build a leading market share and can even leverage that during the standards creation process.

Comment: Re:How is this different than encrypted online bac (Score 1) 136

by Fnord666 (#49159321) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

But so I ask, how is this different than online backup service providers like Mozy and CrashPlan that allow client-side encryption and end-to-end encryption??!?!? Or even Amazon S3 for that matter?!

Or taken alternately we can hypothesize that these service providers are different in some way. This would lead us to wonder what is different about these providers that causes the government to leave them alone? That's where things start getting interesting.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 3, Informative) 420

by Fnord666 (#49153595) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

So it appears to be linked to the lighting conditions that your eyes are adjusted to when seeing the image initially... even after they've adjusted to the ambient light, the brain appears to stick to the image it created initially.

Here is a pretty good explanation of why this might happen.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 2) 449

by Fnord666 (#49084349) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

As for mail order, I'm sure Visa/MC will continue to have a web object that pops up, asks for a PW or PIN, which is used for shopping via the Internet.

This is truly where credit card fraud is going to go in the next few years. As EMV rolls out in the US (finally!) credit card fraud is going to move online. Card not present transactions will be the next target and participation in multifactor authentication schemes like Verified By Visa and MasterCard SecureCode will become critical and possibly even mandatory.

Comment: Re:A good strategy (Score 1) 85

by Fnord666 (#49080295) Attached to: Algorithmic Patenting

It's also real life imitating art, because the protagonist of Charles Stross' novel Accelerando ( ) uses this technique and becomes persona non-grata in the US. The book came out in 2005.

I believe that Cory Doctorow's protagonist used this technique at one point in Eastern Standard Tribe as well.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir